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PRESS OPINIONS OF VOLUME II.

_THE ATHENAEUM._--"We have read this volume with as eager an impatience as that with which we read the first, for the author is in love with his subject; he sees 'that English prosody is and has been a living thing for seven hundred years at least,' and, knowing that metre, verse pure and simple, is a means of expressing emotion, he here sets out to show us its development and variety during the most splendid years of our national consciousness."

_THE STANDARD._--"The second volume of Professor Saintsbury's elaborate work on English prosody is even more interesting than his former volume. Extending as it does from Shakespeare to Crabbe, it covers the great period of English poetry and deals with the final development of the prosodic system. It reveals the encyclopaedic knowledge of English literature and the minute scholarship which render the Edinburgh professor so eminently suited to this inquiry, which is, we think, the most important literary adventure he has undertaken.... It is certainly the best book on the subject of which it treats, and it will be long indeed before it is likely to be superseded."

_THE CAMBRIDGE REVIEW._--"It is the capacity of being able to depart from traditional opinion, the evidence shown on every page of independent thought based upon a first-hand study of documents, which make the present volume one of the most stimulating

that even Professor Saintsbury has written. The work, as a whole, is a fine testimony to his lack of pedantry, to his catholicity of taste, to his sturdy common sense, and it exhibits a virtue rare among prosodists (dare we say among scholars generally?)--courtesy to opponents."

_THE PALL MALL GAZETTE._--"This volume is even more fascinating than was the first. For here there are even greater names concerned--Shakespeare and Milton.... It appears to us that Professor Saintsbury hardly writes a page in which he does not advance by some degree his view of the right laws of verse. We cannot imagine any one seriously defending, after this majestical work, the old syllabic notion of scansion.... The book is written with all the liveliness of style, richness of argument, and wealth of material that we expect. Not only is it a history of prosody; but it is full of acute judgments on poetry and poets."

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DR. GEORGE SAINTSBURY

A HISTORY OF ENGLISH PROSE RHYTHM. 8vo. 14s. net

A HISTORY OF ELIZABETHAN LITERATURE. Crown 8vo. 7s. 6d.

A HISTORY OF NINETEENTH CENTURY LITERATURE (1780-1900). Crown 8vo. 7s. 6d.

A SHORT HISTORY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE. Crown 8vo. 8s. 6d. Also in five parts. 2s. each.

HISTORICAL MANUAL OF ENGLISH PROSODY. Crown 8vo. 5s. net.

A FIRST BOOK OF ENGLISH LITERATURE. Globe 8vo. 1s. 6d.

DRYDEN. Library Edition. Crown 8vo. 2s. net. Popular Edition, Crown 8vo, 1s. 6d. Sewed, 1s. Pocket Edition, Fcap. 8vo, 1s. net. [_English Men of Letters._

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